First Division - Day 21

Numancia 0 - Valladolid 0

Numancia: Alvaro Nuñez; Iñaki, Antía, Marini, Octavio, Manel (David Pirri 55'); Nagore, Caco Morán (Pacheta 88'), José Manuel; Iván Pérez, Rubén Navarro (Rosu 73'). 5-3-2.
Valladolid: Bizzarri; Torres Gómez, García Calvo (Peña 65'), Heinze, Marcos; Ricchetti, Jesús; Caminero (Kaviedes 46'), Fernando, Antonio López; Pachón (Chema 88'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Numancia: Manel, Iván Pérez for Soria, Pacheta / Valladolid: Ricchetti for Fernando Sales.

Goals: None.

Draw specialists Valladolid picked up another point in Soria to gradually inch away from the relegation zone and leave Numancia a little closer to it. It was Pancho Ferraro's eleventh tied match of the season and it was largely thanks to the performance of his keeper Bizzarri that they came away with anything. The ex Real Madrid minder started with a spectacular save to keep out Rubén Navarro in the first minute, and carried on in that vein throughout the match. Numancia's manager García Remón was in the news during the week having fined Argentinian striker Perico Ojeda a million Pesetas and banned him from the squad after he turned up half an hour late for training. In his absence new signing Iván Pérez (brother of Barcelona's Alfonso) made his first start for the club up front, with Manel returning at left back in a five man defence.

Pérez was the main danger man for Numancia, shooting wide ten minutes before half time, and almost squeezing the ball past Bizzarri in the second half. In fact only television pictures after the game confirmed that the Argentinian keeper had stopped the ball on the line at the second attempt, and referee Ramírez Domínguez was right in not awarding a goal. Valladolid were solid in defence but only managed one real shot at goal in each half, Pachón bringing a good save out of Nuñez in the first half and Jesús hitting the crossbar just after the interval. That wasn't all he hit, the midfielder being caught on camera in an off the ball incident apparently punching Numancia's Marini which could earn him a long suspension if the disciplinary committee decide it was intentional later this week.